Gerald Coleman

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Gerald Coleman
Gerald Coleman 01142011.jpg
Born (1985-04-03) April 3, 1985 (age 29)
Romeoville, IL, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
ECHL team
Former teams
Alaska Aces
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 224th overall, 2003
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2005–present

Gerald Coleman (born April 3, 1985) is a professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.

Playing career[edit]

Coleman was drafted 224th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Selected from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, Coleman was awarded the Dave Pinkney Trophy on his way to capturing the Memorial Cup the following season in 2003–04. He is the first graduate of the NHL Diversity Program to be drafted and to play in the NHL, making his debut for the Lightning, in relief, on November 11, 2005.[1]

On February 24, 2007, Coleman was traded with a 1st round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Shane O'Brien and a 3rd round draft pick.[2] He was then assigned to the Ducks AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

Coleman attended the Chicago Wolves training camp for the 2008–09 season, before he was released. After starting the year in the ECHL with the Phoenix RoadRunners, Coleman was recalled to the Worcester Sharks but upon his return was traded to the Trenton Devils on November 21, 2008.[3] Coleman was then credited as a major influence in the turn around Trenton Devils season going 27-8-2 for the remainder of the year.[4]

Coleman was then invited to the New Jersey Devils training camp for the 2009–10 before he was re-assigned to AHL affiliate, the Lowell Devils.[5] Coleman appeared in just three games with Lowell before he returned to Trenton for the season.[6]

After attending the St. Louis Blues training camp. Gerald Coleman played the 2010–11 season with the Alaska Aces posting a 2.19 GAA and a Save Percentage of .913 earning himself a record of 30-15-1-0 with 4 shutouts.[7] In the Kelly Cup Playoffs, Coleman, along with the rest of the Aces set a playoff record with a 12-1 record to capture the cup. Coleman earned 11 of those 12 wins and did so with a .938 save percentage and a 1.73 GAA and 3 shutouts. In the end, Coleman lead the Alaska Aces win their second Brabham Cup and second Kelly Cup in franchise history. The Alaska Aces are also the only team to win the Brabham Cup and Kelly cup in the same year twice. He also captured goaltender of the year.

He returned to the Aces the following season and after 23 games was signed to a professional try-out by the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL.[8] Coleman enjoyed a prominent role with the Monsters winning 11 of 17 games before returning to the Aces to finish a second consecutive year with the lowest goals against average in the ECHL.

With off-season surgery and a forecasted lengthy recovery limiting interest from the AHL, Coleman re-signed with the Aces for his third season with the club on July 12, 2012.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2002–03 London Knights OHL 26 6 9 3 1074 59 1 3.30 .892
2003–04 London Knights OHL 33 24 8 0 1852 68 5 2.20 .931 8 5 2 442 19 1 2.58 9.12
2004–05 London Knights OHL 38 32 2 2 2224 63 8 1.70 .941 8 7 1 455 13 0 1.71 .935
2005–06 Springfield Falcons AHL 43 14 21 3 2413 156 2 3.88 .880
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 0 1 43 2 0 2.79 .882
2006–07 Springfield Falcons AHL 3 2 1 0 179 6 0 2.01 .940
2006–07 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 17 7 9 0 914 52 0 3.41 .902
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 11 4 5 0 603 29 0 2.89 .895
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 18 8 6 2 968 47 2 2.91 .896 1 0 0 39 4 0 6.09 .789
2007–08 Augusta Lynx ECHL 9 2 5 0 500 22 0 2.64 .902
2008–09 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL 4 2 1 1 244 6 1 1.48 .950
2008–09 Worcester Sharks AHL 3 0 2 0 112 6 0 3.23 .854
2008–09 Trenton Devils ECHL 40 27 8 2 2322 92 3 2.38 .915 3 1 2 246 15 0 3.66 .888
2009–10 Lowell Devils AHL 3 1 2 0 182 13 0 4.28 .873
2009–10 Trenton Devils ECHL 30 11 9 7 1563 94 0 3.61 .887
2010–11 Alaska Aces ECHL 47 30 15 1 2735 100 4 2.19 .913 12 11 1 729 21 3 1.73 .938
2011–12 Alaska Aces ECHL 27 18 5 4 1644 53 1 1.93 .926 10 5 5 569 19 1 2.00 .925
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 17 11 4 2 963 41 0 2.56 .922
2012–13 Alaska Aces ECHL 32 23 6 3 1907 69 2 2.17 .918 9 4 5 548 21 0 2.30 .911
2013–14 Alaska Aces ECHL 25 14 6 5 1504 60 2 2.39 .910 14 10 4 814 18 2 1.33 .942
NHL totals 2 0 0 1 43 2 0 2.79 .882

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN Page 2 - Granderson: Still a pioneer
  2. ^ "Ducks trade O'Brien to Lightning for 1st round pick". foxsports.com. 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  3. ^ "ECHL transactions". ECHL. 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2010-04-30. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Trenton benefiting from Coleman in goal". New Jersey Devils. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Pikkarainen hopeful as 2009 camp opens". New Jersey Devils. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  6. ^ "Coleman sent down from Lowell". Trenton Devils. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  7. ^ "Training Camp - St. Louis Blues". St. Louis Blues. 2010-09-19. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Lake Erie find goaltending help in Alaska". The Plain Dealer. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  9. ^ "Aces ink Coleman as first off-season signing". Alaska Aces. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  10. ^ "All-ECHL First-Team announced". ECHL. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 

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